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Jonah Sea Knight in Hurricane Isabella, September 18, 2003

Knight, Jonah Sea (American playwright, writer-in-residence, 1974-____), “Field Work,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the dark Minnesotan outback jungles, daytime, 2002,


; • © 2002 by Jonah Sea Knight; • in Jonah Sea Knight’s Field Work (Frederick, Maryland, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002) ; • script/rights available from Jonah Sea Knight, 10 Winchester Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701, U.S.A., e-mail jonahofthesea@hotmail.com, telephone (home) 301-668-8019. • Cited by Jonah Sea Knight via ftp September 8, 2003; Knight says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Tom Miller (m), 55, a proper New England caterpillar collector; Kip VanDeMot (m), 16, caught between two rocks and a soft place; Mindy Miller (f), 15, Tom’s daughter, on a quest for true love; Tabby VanDeMot (f), 55, finds solace in rugged expeditions to photograph birds.

  §  Synopsis “Having been brought against her will to Minnesota by her father, Tom, on a caterpillar collecting expedition, 15-year-old Mindy spends much of her time journaling and falling in love with Kip, the young boy in the next camp. Unfortunately, it turns out that Kip’s mother, Tabby, and Tom are archenemies in the nature enthusiast community. When Tom discovers a number of rare caterpillars turning up dead he blames Tabby. Tabby denies involvement with the caterpillars, claiming to have been photographing the rare Northern Whoop at the time. As the parents begin incompetent attempts at revenge (kidnapping bird eggs and destroying campsites), Mindy, now convinced that she is much like Juliet (trapped between warring families) enlists Kip to help forge the peace. When deadly caterpillars attack Kip, Mindy is convinced that their story should end just as Romeo and Juliet’s did. Luckily, the caterpillar doesn’t fall far from the tree and Mindy’s best plans go awry.

  §  Comment “One scene. A fast-paced comedy with great potential for physical humor. The play can be done with minimal everyday props, but more mileage may be gained by fleshing out the campsites with actual tents.”

  §  Themes adolescence, camp, caterpillar, father-daughter relationship, insect, journal, Minnesota, nature, out-of-doors, photography, rara avis, Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare (William Shakespeare, English poet and playwright, 1564-1616).

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